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  • Date:29 Dec 2013
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:White Hart Lane
  • Attendance:36,072
  • Soldado - pen (36) Dembele (64)
    Dembele (64) Lennon (68)

Live Commentary

90:33 +0.33

Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.


Free kick taken by Geoff Cameron.

The referee ends the match.


Erik Lamela is booked.


Erik Lamela challenges Erik Pieters unfairly and gives away a free kick.


Clearance made by Geoff Cameron.


Geoff Cameron gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nacer Chadli.


Erik Pieters challenges Erik Lamela unfairly and gives away a free kick.


Centre by Nacer Chadli.


Headed chance falls to Peter Crouch. Hugo Lloris catches the ball.


Vlad Chiriches makes a clearance.


Foul by Etienne Capoue on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded.


Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.


Marc Muniesa on for Andy Wilkinson.


Nacer Chadli is brought on as a substitute for Emmanuel Adebayor.


Clearance made by Mousa Dembele.


Clearance by Ryan Shawcross.


Erik Lamela takes a short corner.


Clearance by Geoff Cameron.


Shot by Erik Lamela. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.


Erik Lamela comes on in place of Aaron Lennon.


Vlad Chiriches fouled by Jermaine Pennant, the ref awards a free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Christian Eriksen.


Aaron Lennon fouled by Erik Pieters, the ref awards a free kick.


Clearance by Kyle Naughton.


Clearance by Zeki Fryers.


Clearance made by Vlad Chiriches.


Aaron Lennon slots the ball right footed into the goal. Spurs 3-0 Stoke.


Wilson Palacios leaves the field to be replaced by Jermaine Pennant.


Andy Wilkinson manages to make a clearance.


Free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.


Foul by Geoff Cameron on Roberto Soldado, free kick awarded.


Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.


Mousa Dembele scores with their left foot. Spurs 2-0 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Roberto Soldado.


Christian Eriksen makes a clearance.


Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line.


Free kick taken by Erik Pieters.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Etienne Capoue on Steven Nzonzi.


Shot by Christian Eriksen. Thomas Sorensen parries the ball away.


Etienne Capoue is brought on as a substitute for Joe Paulo Paulinho.


Clearance by Vlad Chiriches.


Unfair challenge on Christian Eriksen by Andy Wilkinson results in a free kick.


Roberto Soldado takes a weak shot. Thomas Sorensen blocks the ball.


Strike on goal comes in from Charlie Adam from the free kick and goes left of the post.


Mousa Dembele challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick.


The referee blows for offside against Jonathan Walters.


Mousa Dembele makes a clearance.


Shot from the free kick by Christian Eriksen went wide of the left-hand post.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mousa Dembele by Jonathan Walters.


Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the right by-line.


Clearance made by Michael Dawson.


Charlie Adam comes on in place of Stephen Ireland.


Christian Eriksen takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Thomas Sorensen makes a block.


Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.


A cross is delivered by Roberto Soldado.

The second half kicks off.

46:03 +1.03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Joe Paulo Paulinho.


Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.

The referee blows for half time.


Geoff Cameron manages to make a clearance.


Christian Eriksen takes a shot. Geoff Cameron gets a block in.


Christian Eriksen decides to take the corner short.


Clearance by Erik Pieters.


The ball is crossed by Zeki Fryers.


The referee blows for offside.


The official flags Jonathan Walters offside.


Shot by Joe Paulo Paulinho cleared the net.


Vlad Chiriches makes a clearance.


Clearance made by Wilson Palacios.


Christian Eriksen crosses the ball in from the free kick.


Erik Pieters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Paulo Paulinho.


Free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.


Mousa Dembele fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick.


Penalty taken right-footed by Roberto Soldado and scored. Spurs 1-0 Stoke.


Shot by Emmanuel Adebayor.


Zeki Fryers takes the free kick.


Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Vlad Chiriches.


Geoff Cameron manages to make a clearance.


Centre by Zeki Fryers.


Aaron Lennon produces a cross.


Clearance by Steven Nzonzi.


Clearance by Geoff Cameron.


Jonathan Walters sends in a cross.


Roberto Soldado delivers the ball.


Geoff Cameron makes a clearance.


Steven Nzonzi manages to make a clearance.


Clearance by Vlad Chiriches.


The ball is swung over by Andy Wilkinson.


Christian Eriksen takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen parries the effort to safety.


Thomas Sorensen manages to make a clearance.


Emmanuel Adebayor has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.


Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Mousa Dembele.


Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.


Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the .


Clearance made by Erik Pieters.


Clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.


Christian Eriksen crosses the ball in from the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roberto Soldado by Wilson Palacios.


Centre by Christian Eriksen.


Christian Eriksen fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Steven Nzonzi gets a block in.


Roberto Soldado fouled by Geoff Cameron, the ref awards a free kick.


Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.

The game begins.

Match Preview

Eriksen - We must take our chances Christian Eriksen admits Tottenham's poor home form will continue unless they become more clinical in front of goal. Tottenham dropped to eighth in the Barclays Premier League on Boxing Day as Tim Sherwood's first game as permanent head coach ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw against West Brom. A smattering of boos rang out at the final whistle, and having not witnessed a home win in the league since October 27, it is easy to understand why a number of Tottenham fans were unhappy. By this time last season Tottenham had scored 14 goals in five home victories. This year they have managed three wins and have found the net just eight times. Two of those goals came from free-kicks while another two came from the penalty spot. Spurs used to build their season around their home form, but the Londoners have not been at their best at White Hart Lane this season and Eriksen knows it. "The home games are tough and we make them tougher for ourselves as well because we don't score," the Tottenham midfielder told Spurs TV. "But we just have to keep working and we will get our chances, I think. "We just have to open the game up and make our goals. Against West Brom we had the chances to score goals. If we score it will be a much easier game to win." Eriksen accepts that away teams do not go all-out attack at White Hart Lane, but Spurs will have to find a way of getting around that problem if they are to become a permanent member of the Barclays Premier League's elite. The fact that Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been able to do that over the last decade shows why they have spent so long at the top. Still, with Sherwood in charge, the chances of Spurs breaking down defensive-minded opposition may improve. Sherwood makes no apologies about his commitment to playing attacking football and there were times on Boxing Day, and more so at Southampton last weekend, when watching Tottenham play was an enjoyable experience. Sherwood is conscious that he is now managing a club whose icons include Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles and Paul Gascoigne. That does not mean he is all for kamikaze football, however. If Spurs retain the ball better, then they will not be as vulnerable to attack as they were against the Baggies, Sherwood argues. "I expect the fans want (attacking football) as they have been brought up on that," Sherwood said. "It's the way I see the game being played. I want to see bodies being thrown forward. "At the moment it's not exactly how I want it. I think we need to win the ball higher up the field. The West Brom game turned into a little bit of a basketball match at times. "We want to win that ball up high as we possibly can so we can give the supporters wave after wave of attack." Etienne Capoue - a France international in the mould of the famed Claude Makelele - has been kicking his heels ever since Sherwood took over. The Englishman has preferred to use the likes of Mousa Dembele, Lewis Holtby and Eriksen in the centre, and Sherwood's response to those who say a team needs a holding midfielder is simple. He said: "We have enough defensive-minded players on the field. "When you are at home, if you pass the ball well enough, your passing is good and your decision making is good then you win the game." Stoke's weaknesses were exposed against Newcastle on Boxing Day when they were crushed 5-1 after having two men sent off. Sherwood is unsure how the Potters will respond when they come to White Hart Lane on Sunday though. "It could be a dent in confidence but on the other hand it could spur them on," Sherwood said. "But I can't see them coming here and being open to get beat like that again. "We expect them to play pretty much the same (as West Brom did) so hopefully we can show a little bit more quality in and around the final third and open them up." Stoke boss Mark Hughes has warned Tottenham to beware his wounded side as they attempt to bounce back from a horror show at Newcastle. The Potters head for White Hart Lane still smarting from a dismal Boxing Day visit to Tyneside, where they were beaten 5-1 in highly controversial circumstances. Indeed, such is their enduring anger over events at St James' Park, where midfielder Glenn Whelan and defender Marc Wilson were sent off inside three first-half minutes, chairman Peter Coates has indicated the club's intention to make an official complaint over referee Martin Atkinson's handling of the game. In the meantime, Hughes, who has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after being sent to the stands for his reaction to Whelan's dismissal, faces the task of preparing his team for another tough assignment, but is sure of getting a response. He told the club's official website, "We are exasperated by the events of Boxing Day, but we have another game coming our way very quickly, which I think is a good thing for us. "Obviously we will be without a few players now, but we still have players who have the quality to go to Tottenham and cause them a lot of problems. "It is hugely disappointing to be here now with nothing to show for our performance against Newcastle, because I really thought that there was only one team that looked like winning that game when it was 11v11, and that was us. "It does hurt and it isn't a fair reflection of the game on our players, but we will use our frustrations to our advantage and look to get the result we want in London on Sunday." Hughes' confidence is founded on an opening half-hour or so at St James' during which the visitors took the game to their high-flying hosts and deservedly went ahead through Oussama Assaidi's fine 29th-minute strike. But the rush of cards ruined their hopes of returning with something to show for their efforts and the Magpies brutally exploited their numerical disadvantage to run out comfortable winners. Despite Thursday's defeat, which was their first in five attempts in the Barclays Premier League, Stoke remained in 10th place heading into the weekend's fixtures. Sunday's opponents are currently two places, but 10 points better off, although they could only draw 1-1 at home to West Brom on Boxing Day and will be looking for more this time around to claw their way into the top six. Whelan and Wilson are suspended as a result of their red cards at Newcastle, while first-choice keeper Asmir Begovic could be sidelined for up to six weeks after breaking a finger in training on Christmas Day. Hughes said: "We will be without both of them. It's not ideal, but that is the way it is and we have to get on with it. "They will miss this game, as will Asmir, who looks likely to be out for between four and six weeks. "The match will more than likely come too soon for Robert [Huth] as well, so we will have to make a couple of changes to the team." Veteran Thomas Sorensen deputised for Begovic against the Magpies and saved a Loic Remy penalty, although Jack Butland's return from his loan spell at Barnsley means Hughes has options.

Formation:442Manager: Tim Sherwood


Formation: 4411Manager: Mark Hughes


  • Hugo Lloris
  • Kyle Naughton
  • Michael Dawson
  • Vlad Chiriches
  • Zeki Fryers
  • Aaron Lennon
  • Joe Paulo Paulinho
  • Christian Eriksen
  • Mousa Dembele
  • Emmanuel Adebayor
  • Roberto Soldado
  • SUBS
  • Etienne Capoue
  • Nacer Chadli
  • Brad Friedel
  • Nabil Bentaleb
  • Milos Veljkovic
  • Ryan Fredericks
  • Erik Lamela



Match Report

Form Guide

  • Spurs
  • VS
  • Stoke

Last Meetings

  • Stoke
  • 1 - 2
  • Spurs
  • 12/05/2013
  • Spurs
  • 0 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 22/12/2012
  • Spurs
  • 1 - 1
  • Stoke
  • 21/03/2012
  • Stoke
  • 2 - 1
  • Spurs
  • 11/12/2011
  • Spurs
  • 3 - 2
  • Stoke
  • 09/04/2011
  • Stoke
  • 1 - 2
  • Spurs
  • 21/08/2010

Top Scorers


  • GT Sigurdsson 3
  • E Adebayor 2
  • JB Paulinho 2
  • RR Soldado 1
  • A Townsend 1
  • K Walker 1
  • L Holtby 1
  • RG Sandro 1
  • V Chiriches 1
  • C Eriksen 1


  • P Crouch 3
  • C Adam 3
  • S Ireland 2
  • O Assaidi 2
  • J Pennant 1
  • J Walters 1
  • R Shawcross 1
  • A Begovic 1
  • M Arnautovic 1
  • S Nzonzi 1
  • G Cameron 1



    • Total goals 43
    • Goals per game 19
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 42
    • Goals per game 18
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins